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Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov said on Tuesday he expected the talks with the Patriotic Coalition on cooperation to be wrapped up in the next week or two, without dismissing the possibility of his being the prime minister-designate.

"Since the SDP (Social Democratic Party) rejected our proposals, we decided to continue the talks with he Patriotic Coalition and we believe we could complete them very quickly," Petrov told reporters after consultations with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

He repeated that he hoped the third side, the SDP-led Croatia Is Growing coalition, would get involved in the negotiations. "Bridge isn't siding with either coalition. We are on our side and are continuing the talks with the side which accepted our proposals."

Petrov voiced confidence that the prime minister-designate would be nominated within the next week. He said Bridge's delegation did not discuss this matter with President Grabar-Kitarovic but the talks Bridge would have with the Patriotic Coalition.

The nomination of the prime minister-designate is to be agreed with the other side, he said. "At this moment it would be flippant to name any names in public." Asked if he would be the prime minister-designate, Petrov said Bridge would insist on a non-partisan candidate. "We'll see where this process will lead. I'd like to rule out this possibility for the time being. Naturally, never say never."

Asked what if the prime minister-designate was a non-partisan person contested in public and by some elected MPs, Petrov said the elected MPs could nominate anyone, "whether party leaders or non-partisan candidates."

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